My new setup

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nathan

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After my horrific experience with my last two pets
(RIP SNOWIE AND CHLOE) I cleaned out my tank thoroughly and cycled it for the last week.
Today I decided it was time to, well try to (i don't think i ever could), replace my pets. I thought i'd start with one like I did before and I bought Chloe number 2.
Anyway this is how my new tank is set up

As you can see I did not take my chances with another one of the same thermometers that leaked alcohol in to my water (see thread: DEAD in sick axo category). It can read celcius and farenheit, it also has a settable alert alarm, i have it set to alarm if the water temp drops to 11 degrees celcius or below and it will also beep if it reaches 25 degrees celcius and above.
The guy replaced it with a $40 digital one for me.
Tank setup: 2 ft light on side of tank (hardly use it mostly actually during the day when it's bright anyway to keep the plants growing although I have decided not yet to add live plants until my new baby settles into her new home) got two filters going, one undergravel and another resun hang on, big garden pebbles for gravel, the little troll bridge which they love to hide under and also the log for hiding in.
 
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mik

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Pretty nice set-up. You're spoiling them already.

I use a piece of black plastic taped to rear and sides so that I can see them more clearly without distraction of blinds and reflections.


Good luck with Chloe 2
 
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nathan

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thanks for the good luck, hopefully this time i won't need it.
About the backing for the aquarium, i was actually contemplating that also in readiness for sydney's hot summer so that the heat doesn't pass from the window to the tank so fast as well.
I'll most probably take this up soon.
I also cut a few inches off the undergravel pipes in readiness to have the water level lower this time as well (sick of having my whole arm wet every time i fed them) but then when replacing my hang on realised if i did this the water flowing from the hang on might cause too much current in the water when dropping in from such height, oh well guess i'll have to live with the wet arms... don't wanna cause any more current that the undergravels already cause....
 
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kaysie

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some current isnt bad. I've noticed mine like to hang out under the filter output. You just dont want it flowing like a river in there. You could lower the water level down to just above the filter intake and i'm sure it would be fine. Or move the filter over to the same side as the UG filter, and lower the water level. That's how I have mine set up (airstone and filter on the same side) that way there's slightly moving water on one side of the tank and still water on the other side, then the axie can choose. Also, if you can turn the UG filter so it hits the wall instead of coming out into the tank, that would significantly lower water movement.
 
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  • Junaz:
    Thank you, I appreciate it. I'll look up ammonia and nitrate lockers, and see if I can find someone who can help me with cycling the tank with her in there. She still is looking and acting ok so I hope everything turns out ok. Thanks for the advice
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  • madcaplaughs:
    Hey @Junaz. It appears your tank is uncycled. You'll need to purchase a source of ammonia (i.e., Dr. Tim's Aquatics ammonium chloride) to cycle the tank with. Dose the tank up to 2ppm (bottle says 4 drops/gal=2ppm. This is false. 2 drops/gal=2ppm) daily until you've build up a bacteria colony that is able to convert 2ppm of ammonia into 0ppm ammonia and 0ppm nitrite in 24hr. You'll want to tub your axolotl immediately and while you cycle as these levels are extremely toxic. To tub, just use a food-grade tub large enough for the axolotl to extend itself and turn around in, and perform daily 100% water changes. Make sure your water is dechlorianted (and make sure your dechlorinator has no aloe or iodine, both of these are toxic to axolotls). If you have any more questions about cycling or axolotls, PM me :)
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  • Chamoxnle:
    My new axolotl enjoys floating. He doesn't seem stressed, or like he's being forced to float. He just likes to chill at the top. Why do some enjoy floating around? Most of my other axolotls are content staying stationary, but this one just continues to move, only stopping to eat. Again, he doesn't seem stressed, and it's not a fretful swim.
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Hi, Im fairly new to keeping axolotls. I have to lil buddies that I got a few months back. They were doing fine, up until a month ago when one got fungus in his gills. Took him out to fridge him, then the other guy got it too. I'm currently fridging both and doing salt baths for one (not enough fridge space to keep that much pretreated water for both at the same time). Its been hard to tell if its helping or not and then about a week and half ago one of my axies had a bunch of weird white goop in the water. I immediately changed it, happened a tiny bit again, then seemed to be okay. I had returned him to the tank, but it happened again. Back to the fridge but wanted hear from people who knew more
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    I have pictures. Tried looking through other peoples questions, but couldnt find the same white goop.
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    @Kailynom My cousin (who i got my baby axies from) had the same problem. She developed an allergy to the bloodworms she was feeding them and it got really bad. To the point where her throat would close up just being around the bloodworms. Happened within a few months. Be safe :)
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @MadamePirateOwl Fridging is best left to life-or-death situations, and salt baths are unnecessarily harsh, stressful, and abrasive. I'd suggest doing tea baths instead (using caffeinated black tea, where the only ingredient is black tea).
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    so no idea what the goop is?
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  • madcaplaughs:
    Hard to tell without a photo, but might be algae or fungus floating. Water changes will take care of that.
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    It definitely came from the axolotl. Looked to be mixed into poo the first time. Can I post the photos here?
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Im not actually sure how i would post it. It seems to want a link
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Its fairly thick and chunky
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    (Also thanks for your patience and help!)
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  • madcaplaughs:
    You could always upload the photo to imgur and link it back here
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    The second image was how it looked the first time, it was mixed with some other poop like stuff. after that its been small and without the poopy stuff
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  • madcaplaughs:
    The second photo looks reminiscent of partially-digested worms, though I've never seen anything like that. Have you checked your parameters lately?
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Right now theyre in smaller tubs that i do daily water changes in
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    I'll admit Ive bought test strips but they havent come in yet
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    I use Prime to dechlorinate the water, which was recommend by the girl I got them from
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  • madcaplaughs:
    For now I'd tub the axolotl and do daily 100% water changes until you're able to test your parameters
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  • madcaplaughs:
    I'd also recommend ordering a liquid test kit such as the API Freshwater Master Test Kit since strips are generally unreliable and inaccurate.
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Okay, thank you for your help and advice :)
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  • k.em:
    anybody growing tylototriton?
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    k.em: anybody growing tylototriton? +2
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